An infinite supply of idiots

Labor seems to have an infinite supply of idiots: Victoria unveils its own climate change strategy, emissions target.

The Victorian government hopes to cut emissions by almost double the level of the Morrison government by 2030 in an ambitious policy positioning the state as a leader in tackling climate change.

Acting Premier James Merlino said Victoria would aim to reduce emissions by 28-33 per cent by 2025 and 45-50 per cent by 2030, nearly twice the 26-28 per cent target made by the federal government by the end of this decade.

Victoria criticised the lack of action from Scott Morrison on climate and said it was embarrassed by Australia’s showing at the recent climate summit run by US President Joe Biden.

“The Commonwealth government cannot continue to abrogate its responsibilities on a global stage when it comes to climate change,” Victoria’s energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio said at a press conference on Sunday.

Might note there is no mention of the Victorian Opposition position in the news story.

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64 Responses to An infinite supply of idiots

  1. Blair says:

    “positioning the state as a leader in tackling climate change.”
    Tackling climate change? Good grief.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Some things are beyond infinite. I suppose that makes mathematical sense since nothing much is happening climate wise. No CAGW, nothing. So if you divide an infinite number of idiots by zero you must get infinity to infinity and beyond, or something.

  3. tombell says:

    hope those emissions from NSW stay in NSW airspace….

  4. Struth says:

    The global stage is a couple of unelected communists in the UN and WEF.
    We don’t need to be actors on that stage.
    It should be correctly termed the “globalist stage” which is showing a play no actor should be involved with.

  5. Lee says:

    So if Victoria go it alone, we’ll stop “climate change” here despite whatever the rest of the country/world does?
    Too stupid for words.

  6. Biota says:

    Blair says:
    May 2, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    My immediate thoughts exactly. Nothing spells out stupidity more than that nonsense. Purely an inner city click bait vote grabber. And when all the climate chickens come home to roost, they will be out of office enjoying their well-earned public funded retirement.

  7. ArthurB says:

    It is true that Victoriastan is ruled by a bunch of cretins. It is also likely that Dan and his maaates will win the next election with a large majority, because the Libs are both useless and invisible.

  8. Jock says:

    From WUWT:
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    An investigative report by the Chinese Communist backed Global Times say they have confirmed there is no Uyghur slavery in Xinjiang. Company executives claim workers are so happy with conditions, including graduates of Xinjiang’s barbed wire fence and guard tower protected vocational training centres, the company only has a 3% turnover of staff.

    Glad the VALP is so supportive of slavers.

  9. Dan4eva says:

    Too easy most businesses in Victoria are already broke and those still solvent are contemplating moving out of the busted state. This move of industry and workers will easily achieve reduced targets!

  10. H B Bear says:

    Democracy, good and hard.

  11. John Bayley says:

    Might note there is no mention of the Victorian Opposition position in the news story.

    That’s because they are trying to work out how to double up on the Labor ‘target’.

  12. Seza says:

    How are the opposition supposed to answer a brain fart from the ALP released on a Sunday? They do not have climate targets at Victorian level, because they have as much relevance as local sea level targets.

  13. Roger says:

    Get out while you can, Victorian Cats.

  14. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    So if Victoria go it alone, we’ll stop “climate change” here despite whatever the rest of the country/world does?

    Nemwatch tells me Victoria is currently producing 3.2 GW of electricity from da ebil brown coal. Annualized that would be 28 TWh of electricity.

    China’s Thermal Power Output Still Rising (1 May)

    From the first graph you can see China commissioned 250.5 TWh of new coal-fired electricity last year. Which is 9 times the entire Victorian brown coal sector.

    There’s futile and then there’s really futile. Guess which closing Latrobe is?

  15. Rockdoctor says:

    Roger says:
    May 2, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Get out while you can, Victorian Cats.

    Just had a relative do just that… Within the month had sold up and moved to Queensland. My last foray to Cairns and Townsville about Easter there were a lot of Vic & WA plates getting about on the roads…

  16. Roger says:

    There’s futile and then there’s really futile. Guess which closing Latrobe is?

    James Merlino asks Lily D’Ambrosio to hold his beer…

  17. Roger says:

    My last foray to Cairns and Townsville about Easter there were a lot of Vic & WA plates getting about on the roads…

    We’re used to periodical waves of Victorian emigrants up here, Rockdoc, going back to when Joh abolished death taxes.

  18. Cassie of Sydney says:

    The Victorian Opposition position

    LOL….I didn’t think there was an “Opposition” in Victoria to have a position.

  19. Botswana O'Hooligan says:

    Yairs Roger, and that’s partially the reason we have a Labor State! I would love to take these experts further up the Peninsular to where I grew up where there wasn’t any electricity and no running water, to see what would happen when they put theory into practice.

  20. Robbo says:

    Victoria has a lot more than an infinite supply of idiots. It has idiots who lie, cheat and deceive. Known as the Andrews Government that Labor Party lot of hopeless incompetents has killed over 800 people by failing in its basic duty to run a proper quarantine system and has tried to shift the blame by evading honest answers to a tame cat enquiry that was set up to investigate that debacle by the chief liar Daniel Andrews. Victorians now have to endure their State being run by the slimy little lying weasel deputy Premier Merlino while the chief rat is recovering from injury. What hope has the State got?

  21. wal1957 says:

    So if Victoristan is going alone that would mean that they have no need for the electrickery that is provided by the interconnectors and the Bass Strait underwater cable.
    Fine I say. Get the candles ready.

    Does Lily D’Ambrosio have any idea at all about this electrickery stuff?

  22. Roger says:

    Victorians now have to endure their State being run by the slimy little lying weasel deputy Premier Merlino while the chief rat is recovering from injury. What hope has the State got?

    Let’s see who Victorians vote for at the next election.

  23. Vagabond says:

    Q: How many Victorians does it take to change a light bulb?

    A: Don’t worry, we’ll be sitting in the dark anyway.

  24. Entropy says:

    Maybe if they whacked in a hole heap of CSG wells instead of brown coal power the reduced emissions would meet the target, and they could still rely on energy?

  25. Entropy says:

    Again, imagine if Qld decided to no longer send electricity south.

  26. Roger says:

    Again, imagine if Qld decided to no longer send electricity south.

    Would probably fall foul of the constitutional free trade provisions, Entropy.

    Mind you, at some point in the next decade we’ll likely be at a point of not have excess supply to send due to at least one coal fired station closing early, which is another matter altogether.

  27. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Known as the Andrews Government that Labor Party lot of hopeless incompetents has killed over 800 people by failing in its basic duty to run a proper quarantine system and has tried to shift the blame by evading honest answers to a tame cat enquiry that was set up to investigate that debacle by the chief liar Daniel Andrews.

    Worse than that.
    Sutton and Andrews refused to transfer infected nursing home elderly to hospital.
    Exactly what Cuomo also did.
    They are directly culpable.

  28. Roger says:

    They are directly culpable.

    If only they had a politically independent police, prosecutor’s office and judiciary.

  29. Boambee John says:

    Would probably fall foul of the constitutional free trade provisions, Entropy.

    Roger

    It is free trade, not compulsory trade. Queensland is not required to sell electricity to Victoria.

  30. Roger says:

    Roger

    It is free trade, not compulsory trade. Queensland is not required to sell electricity to Victoria.

    BJ, if Qld attempted to arbitrarily restrict the free trade of electricity across state borders – esp. in view of the eastern grid arrangement – it would definitely fall foul of S. 92.

    Not having an excess to send is another matter, although it would probably take the HCA to decide that.

  31. Roger says:

    … it would definitely fall foul of S. 92.

    As interpreted by the HCA, I should have added, which tends to the view that s. 92 established a free trade zone between the states.

    Having said that, the HC could always decide otherwise.

    Once lawyers are involed it gets complicated. 😉

  32. Damon says:

    How about the Commonwealth curtailing funding for these daft ideas? Climate change (if any) surely is its responsibility, not that of Victoria.

  33. Squirrel says:

    They obviously think that Victoria’s ponzi-economy can just roll on forever, with ever-increasing numbers of bullshit services-sector and public sector jobs, an ever-shrinking manufacturing sector and all the lovely imported goods and services which Victorians take for granted paid for by foreign debt.

    Victoria is not alone in this idiocy, but it does seem determined to take the lead in jumping off an economic cliff in the name of climate change posturing.

  34. FlyingPigs says:

    What none of the fantasists can tell us is the benefit to us.

    No one has even modelled co2 levels nor temperature of a world with zero emissions.

  35. Roger says:

    They obviously think that Victoria’s ponzi-economy can just roll on forever, with ever-increasing numbers of bullshit services-sector and public sector jobs, an ever-shrinking manufacturing sector and all the lovely imported goods and services which Victorians take for granted paid for by foreign debt.

    The realisation that this situation cannot continue indefinitely must have been a serious motivator for Dan to sign on to Belt & Road. Now that the Commonwealth has pulled that rug out from under them & the population ponzi scheme is under threat from covid it’s difficult to see what real options Victoria has left.

  36. Tezza says:

    Meanwhile, SA’s electricity self-destruction proceeds apace, with the Commonwealth wasting billions to increase interconnection of SA with other states so that SA can import electricity when there’s a wind drought, a cloudy day or night falls. That electricity will come from ….?

  37. Fair Shake says:

    The Vic Labor Govmint may well be embarrassed by Scomo in front of Bidens US.
    Well I was appalled 100x that, that the Vic Labor Government would sign up to a Belt and Road Initiative with the Chineeeese Communiist Partee in direct contravention to Fed Security advise.
    Merlino, go fuck yourself.

  38. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    with the Commonwealth wasting billions to increase interconnection of SA with other states so that SA can import electricity when there’s a wind drought, a cloudy day or night falls.

    I like the interconnectors. Other states can turn them *off*, if they get fed up enough.

    So if Victoria closes brown coal because Gaia then SA won’t be able to draw sufficient electricity on calm days to cope. That will then draw electricity via NSW all the way from Qld.

    I doubt Gladys will ever have the balls to turn off an interconnector, but Queenslanders are more aggro than wet NSW Libs. I can easily imagine Ponygirl switching off an interconnector to NSW…which is feeding SA. The political fallout would be most entertaining.

  39. sfw says:

    Remember that Andrews needed three votes to get his emergency powers extended, the Greens- Samantha Ratnam, the Animal Justice Party – Andy Meddick and Fiona Patten -Reason Party. The above targets will be a payoff to the Greens, there is a bill being drafted to increase the rights of animals that will require them to be classed as sapient beings, that will be Meddicks reward, so that leaves Patten, what will she get? Andrews and Labor would and did do anything to get what they want, no matter the cost.

  40. Perfidious Albino says:

    Don’t forget the Qld government owns the energy generators there, so it would not be a case of them needing to restrain others from selling to Vic, just a Govt decision. Obviously not going to happen when both Red Team though.

  41. Tim Neilson says:

    there is a bill being drafted to increase the rights of animals that will require them to be classed as sapient beings

    Will they get to vote? Couldn’t make things any worse.

  42. Rockdoctor says:

    Will they get to vote? Couldn’t make things any worse.

    Yikes, imagine the vote overmatch to conservatives from cat ladies houses…

  43. Mark says:

    Take it to the next election. I dare you

  44. Tim Neilson says:

    Yikes, imagine the vote overmatch to conservatives from cat ladies houses…

    It would be a worry.
    But look on the bright side – cats aren’t known for being obedient.

  45. Gerry says:

    Why don’t they just get a flag with the names of all the woke causes and raise it on the Parliament House flagpole each morning …. then we don’t have to put up with the endless symbolism and posturing that they go on with using taxpayers money …..

  46. JohnJJJ says:

    I had the joy of working in Vic for a bit. I was astounded. Meetings started with a Welcome to Country. The female mafia was completely in charge, smiling upwards and farting downwards. The male public service boss was thrilled by the attention of the fems and the girls in the office were terrified of these fems in middle management. They have now have turned their attention to the key issue of LGBTQI.. – and their core work has nothing to do with it.

  47. Davo the spy says:

    Blow up the state interconnector and let people live by their decisions….hilarious

  48. Nighthawk the Elder says:

    Lily D’Ambrosio kept her head down last year because COVID was doing a number on her colleagues, in particular Mikakos. D’Ambrosio has now decided to stick her head up in 2021. She’s one fuckup like a major black out, away from going the same way as poor old Jenny.

    D’Ambrosio has always been way out of her depth and only hangs on because she is some protected factional appointee. Apparently her nickname amongst the department execs and senior managers is the “village idiot”. (How appropriate it lines up with the title of this post by Steve).

  49. The Sheriff says:

    The Victorian Opposition has not been heard from because they all agree with Dictator Dan’s climate change idiocy.

  50. Nighthawk the Elder says:

    Q: What did Victorians use for light before candles?

    A: Electricity.

    (Yes I know, used before. But more relevant with each passing day.)

  51. Rayvic says:

    Assumably, the Victorian pollies have done a cost-benefit analysis to justify their new climate change strategy.

    If so, they should table it together with all assumptions used, to inform their constituents.

    If not, then it is just another exercise in pure fancy.

  52. FlyingPigs says:

    Rayvic says:
    May 2, 2021 at 10:09 pm
    Assumably, the Victorian pollies have done a cost-benefit analysis to justify their new climate change strategy.

    If so, they should table it together with all assumptions used, to inform their constituents.

    If not, then it is just another exercise in pure fancy.

    and a lie.

  53. Whalehunt Fun says:

    Morrison should respond by thanking the Victorian cretin and point out that the feds will now do that much less. So the Vic efforts accomplish nothing.

  54. Entropy says:

    Roger says:
    May 2, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Again, imagine if Qld decided to no longer send electricity south.

    Would probably fall foul of the constitutional free trade provisions, Entropy.

    I guess the southern states might argue that, but one aspect of free trade is not to force someone to sell something to someone else. I’m not proposing a tariff, or a quota. I’m just suggesting we stop selling along the interconnectors.

  55. Entropy says:

    The we being the owner of the power stations: the government.

  56. Hanseatickid says:

    Suggest the interstate connector between Queensland and the southern states be switched off. See how well they fare then.
    The do-nothing government up here in the sunshine state is only fiddling around the edges of fantasy energy. Obviously, some energy engineer has had some success in explaining to the idiot government and bureau-rats here that industrial-scale energy supply cannot be achieved with magic carpets. Furthermore, no coal production=no royalties, no jobs, fewer public servants and little to no power.
    Good luck to the southerners without serious 24/7 power supply and no backup for their their fantasy energy plans.

  57. Mark M says:

    A more pointless waste of tax payer money couldn’t be found …

    Breathe easy: Australian air is clean

    “AUSTRALIANS breathe some of the cleanest air in the world, according to an international survey of nearly 1100 cities by the World Health Organisation.

    Only Canada rivalled Australia for having the world’s least polluted air based on measurements of PM10 – airborne particles of 10 micrometres or less.”

    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/breathe-easy-australian-air-is-clean-20110927-1kvfo.html

    Whoa! Wait. What? Canada?

    [Global Warming] could mean nicer, milder weather in Canada: study

    “Research suggests climate change could increase the number of nice days Canadians enjoy.”

    https://globalnews.ca/news/3188392/climate-change-could-mean-nicer-milder-weather-in-canada-study/

  58. Mark M says:

    Energy chief Richard Van Breda quits in coal row

    https://www.ntnews.com.au/business/energy-chief-richard-van-breda-quits-in-coal-row/news-story/fabfcc71cc33ab245cbdf2eef52987ba?btr=2f53159fee98914b4237461b0ef1d9f1

    “Richard Van Breda resigned without explanation on Friday — two days after telling a future energy summit in Gladstone of planning to “retire” the state’s major coal-fired power generators.

    The corporation’s generators — Stanwell, Tarong and Tarong North, with the latter two fed by its own Meandu coalmine — are among the country’s youngest coal-fired power plants and are not scheduled to close for up to two decades.

    It was reported last week that Stanwell had issued a statement that “it is likely” the plants would be retired earlier than the scheduled dates.

    That statement could not be found on Monday.”

  59. Up The Workers! says:

    What are we going to eat when the knuckle-dragging Union goons and Labor imbeciles theoretically eliminate the deadly poison gas of carbon dioxide (human breath) from our atmosphere?

    Given that carbon dioxide is essential plant food, there will be no fruit, no vegetable matter, no fodder for cattle, sheep, pigs or poultry.

    The only solution I can see which could possibly achieve their aim is “Soylent Green” (Google it!).

    When the Leftard’s secret weapon, “Soylent Green” is adopted as the sole food of the human race, you will have a solution which progressively eliminates human breath; cuts down on superfluous population and does not rely on any vegetation.

    Not too sustainable though.

    Will the last one left alive please turn out the lights.

    Labor – it’s like Mensa, for stupid people.

  60. Kneel says:

    “Suggest the interstate connector between Queensland and the southern states be switched off.”

    “Well, look here – these have been quite heavily loaded for a while, I think we need to consider some preventative maintenance, just to be SAFE of course. Wouldn’t want to start a bushfire like in California, right? And, once again for safety reasons, that means de-energising the interconnector for close inspection – for about 3 months.
    Don’t worry though, we’ll only do one at a time, so you can still pull 2-300 MW if you want. But much more than that, sorry, just can’t do it right now. I mean, we’d sure as hell like to, it’s very profitable you know, but the resources just aren’t available. Sorry.”

    Done.

    Although I think that should be tried on SA first.

  61. mem says:

    More Victorian stupidity https://www.miragenews.com/backing-our-farmers-to-move-to-a-cleaner-553088/
    And as I type at 11.15am 80% of Victoria’s fuel is being produced by brown coal. Just as well because the wind turbines are barely moving with most at a standstill, producing just 7% because the wind isn’t blowing and solar is doing even worse at 4% because of general cloud cover across the state.

  62. rickw says:

    A new trough to gorge from.

  63. Rabbi Putin says:

    The same DAmbrosio who ended native logging, exacerbated the bushfire risk and turned 1/3 of the state into an ugly and useless wind-farm.

    Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten.

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